|A construction trailer and other equipment were set up last week in the visitors parking lot at 150 River St., Hackensack, the old headquarters of North Jersey Media Group.|
The byline of Alan Finder appears on the front page of The Record today -- two days after Editor Marty Gottlieb folded the section edited by his pal from The New York Times.
Finder -- identified on A-1 as a former Times' City Hall bureau chief who covered the Koch administration in 1986 and 1987 -- writes a long-winded "appreciation" of former Mayor Ed Koch, who died early Friday.
In typical newspaper fashion, the congestive heart failure that killed Koch is mentioned in passing, again squandering an opportunity to educate the public about a leading cause of death in the United States.
Finder has a sweet deal at The Record, where his talented wife, Elaine Isaacson, has been employed as a graphic artist for many years.
In late 2011, Finder took a voluntary buyout after 28 years at The Times, according to the New York Observer, which didn't report any of the financial details.
Gottlieb, who left The Times to take over the Woodland Park newsroom of The Record a little over a year ago, hired Finder to edit Signature, the feature section that folded last week only five months after it appeared.
Why Signature was created instead of reviving the popular Food section remains a mystery.
Could The Record really afford to hire Finder after a downsizing in 2008, relocation of North Jersey Media Group headquarters in 2009 and a drastic decline in local-news coverage?
Why is he being kept on?
Makes more than vets?
Salaries at The Record are secret, but can you imagine how much Finder is pulling down, in addition to his generous Times severance and pension?
If veteran newsroom workers at The Record knew exactly what he is being paid -- certainly more than they're making -- I'm sure the howls could be heard as far away as Hackensack.
What the hell?
The Koch obit dominates Page 1 today, but don't miss the bright from Staff Writer Leslie Brody, who reports on a no-curse pledge by girls at Queen of Peace High School in North Arlington (A-1).
The lead story on A-1 today says Sen. Bob Mendez, the New Jersey Democrat who won another term in November, now finds himself in deep mierda.
Hackensack loses again
Head Assignment Editor Deirdre Sykes and her deputy, Dan Sforza, managed to find only three pages of local news today, none of it from Hackensack, where at least 11 candidates are vying to get on the ballot in the May 14 City Council election.